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Palace clears DFA; Panamanian says no rape By Mario J. Mallari 05/19/2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Palace clears DFA; Panamanian says no rape

By Mario J. Mallari 05/19/2012
Malacaang finds nothing irregular in the departure of a Panamanian diplomat accused of raping a 19-year-old Filipina, a remark that lifts pressure off the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) but will likely spark condemnation from various womens organizations.

Deputy presidential spokesman Abigail Valte, during a press briefing, yesterday practically cleared the DFA, saying the department, in issuing a certification of diplomatic immunity to Erick Shcks, was only being mindful that the country is a signatory to the Vienna Convention.

They (DFA) have processes that they have to undergo. We are a signatory to the convention, Valte said. We did the best that was possible under the circumstances..... MORE

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